FTF Community: Home is where the heart is.

by byanika on 05/04/2011 · 90 comments

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Hi Sweethearts! Welcome to the first Full Time Fabulous Community visual event! This first event is all about introducing our selves to you.

 Hi, I am Anika, I am a fighter, and I am so happy to see you.

  

I am your regular Norwegian/English woman of Scottish/French descent with a pinch of Turkish blood that landed nicely on my hips. I grew up a diplomat`s daughter commuting between Paris and Norway, and I have moved about ten times so far in my life. I have no idea where my home is except to say that I am European. I speak five languages, and at home my Bosnian husbond and I speak our own mix of Bosnian, English and Norwegian.

I have been dressing up all my life.

It has always been all about frocks, a flair for drama and a sunny disposition.

I started sewing my own clothes in response to not finding fab fashion that fit and made me feel good about my curves. I only wear dresses because I have given up on finding jeans that can handle and embrace my curves, if you get my drift. Now I sew and rework several dresses a week, and am working towards starting my own business, ByAnika. My wardrobe is ever changing with my growing self esteem.

In my home I only surround my self with what I love, and books are one of my great loves. I am always reading four books at once, disappearing into imaginary worlds,  quite the daydreamer . I want to dance as though no one is wathcing me! 

 

I am very passionate about interiour decorating, as with my fashion it is a form of expression for me. I sew most of my soft furnishings, and my pillows usually end up bags/dresses/lampshades. Growing up my mum had us painting our TV the same colours as the walls, so I learned early on that being playful is something to embrace. I love relaxing and blogging on our comfortable matrasses turned sofas. It is my own slice of bliss.

I am always going for walks, listening to bhangra/classical/hip hop/jazz. It is one of my fave ways of centering my self. I am always looking for the positive in any situation, looking for the unexpected beauty in any given moment. Walking home from work the other day, to broke to get the bus and in icy rain I decided the situation provided me with an opportunity to notice something new in my surroundings, and I was soon taking in the wall art along the highway. I felt grateful in that moment, the way that I give thanks many times a day. Perspective is a choice.

 

Give me a lovely coffee shop and a big city to explore and I will give you a wide grin.

I love Oslo. It is a small big city, but it has lots of charm, even late at night.

One of my fave places in Oslo is the amazing Vigeland park where the human experience is brought to life in the epic statues by Gustav Vigeland.

I love love love dancing. I always laugh out loud when I dance, because I feel so happy being one with the rythm, just being in the moment, shaking what my mama gave me.  I clean best when I am pissed off. I really should get angry more often.

I call my self a self worth activist because I am passionate about supporting your right and responsibility to feel good about YOU.  I choose to be honest with you about my own life because I now know that I have nothing to be ashamed of, and to show any one looking that you can survive, grow, move on and enjoy life. With hutspa!

Thank you so much to Kristy of Full Time Fabulous for creating the wonderful Full Time Fabulous Community!

Come join us, sweethearts!

 

 

Would you like to contact me? I would love to connect with you!

anikack@gmail.com   @AnikaByAnika   Facebook

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1 Bella QNo Gravatar
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April 6, 2011 at 12:09 am

love this and i love you!
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byanika 2 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm

It is a love affair! Big kisses and warm hugs for you my darling friend. Love you lots.

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3 ConsiderMeLovelyNo Gravatar
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April 6, 2011 at 12:29 am

It’s still April 5th here, but so glad to have learned so many new things about you and Oslo, Norway at the turn of a new day (in Norway)!! XOXO
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byanika 4 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Hi sweetheart, thank you so much for reading :) big kiss for you!

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5 Oh to Be a MuseNo Gravatar
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April 6, 2011 at 12:34 am

wonderful! i can’t wait to post mine and see everyone else’s tomorrow! i can’t believe you speak so many languages dear! <3 this post!
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byanika 6 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Thank you dear, I have been having such fun reading everyones post, and am going back today to check that I didn`t miss anyone. I am already exited for next months happening. Happy Friday to you! xx

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7 JoyNo Gravatar
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April 6, 2011 at 1:20 am

Anika, How wonderful to read a little more about you and your life – fascinating! Your life sounds very exciting (I’m a bit envious of your travels and knowledge of languages).

That’s quite the impressive library, and all the photos are terrific!
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byanika 8 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Hi sweet Joy, thank you so much for your kind words. You know, I was always envious of people growing up in one place, they got to have a hometown and childhood friends that still are their friends, something I never really was able to have. There are pluses and minuses about everything I suppose. I am sending warm hugs over to your slice of the world! xx

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9 KristinNo Gravatar
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April 6, 2011 at 2:18 am

Thanks for giving us such an amazing glimpse at you! Now I’m feeling a bit inadequate about my post. HAHAH xoxo
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byanika 10 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm

What?! No, sweetie, your post is fab! Big hugs to you xx

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11 Berenice ParraNo Gravatar
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April 6, 2011 at 2:23 am

Anika dear, thanks SO much for giving us such an intimate glimpse of your daily life. I now love you and respect you even more. You are a true inspiration. :) ))
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byanika 12 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Hi lovely Bere, my sweet friend, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Truly, your feedback means the world to me, and I take your encouragement to heart. I have been trying to get my tumblr-account so that I can comment on your FAB site, but still haven`t figured it out. I will try again, though, for you :D Love you lots dear. xx

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13 GRIT & GLAMOURNo Gravatar
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April 6, 2011 at 2:28 am

I loved this honest, detailed look into you and your life, Anika. Thank you for sharing so much of yoursefl!

PS: Still love your place. It’s modern, chic, and so inviting.

xo
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byanika 14 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Thank you for rocking my bloggersphere darling Vahni. I am thinking of you! I will be leaving comments on your fab posts as soon as I can get to a pc that works properly, have been home from work where I usually surf chez toi from. Happy Friday!

PS. I still want you lounging on my sofas with me ;D Mwuaah! xxx

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15 myheartbloggedNo Gravatar
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April 6, 2011 at 3:41 am

You are so awesome, and fabulous. I really love the pics of your apartment, you have a great eye for design.
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byanika 16 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm

You are so kind! Thank you dear. Want to come over to visit me? Say yes ;D xx

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17 LaCaraNo Gravatar
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April 6, 2011 at 4:09 am

You are truly amazing Anika! I love this post, it is my favorite! I love how your pictures speak volumes, I love the vibrancy of your clothes, and you interior designing skills are just out of this world! Great post sweetie!!

<3

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byanika 18 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Sweet friend, you are so kind. Thank you! It is your fave? Wow, such a compliment :) I am so glad you enjoyed the pictures, I enjoyed putting the post toghether, being very visual playing with pictures and colours and textures is such fun. Sending warm hugs to you! xxxx Anika

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19 Ann TindallNo Gravatar April 6, 2011 at 4:59 am

Thank you so much for sharing you heart, home, and boundless style with us! We are so very lucky to have you in our lives, you are an inspiration to love ourselves no matter what!
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byanika 20 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Dear Ann, I can`t tell you how happy your comments make me, I know your words come from a place of such integrity, zest for life, depth and warmt. That is how I felt about you the moment I landed at your site, basically I just wanted to give you a warm hugs and share inappropriately loud laughs with you :D . Thank you very much for your kind words, I take them to heart. Mwuaah! xxx

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21 HeidiNo Gravatar April 6, 2011 at 5:43 am

I love love love your room!!! I want it . Is there anyway that if I stare at that pic long enough my room will transform into this awesomeness??? I love it that you sew it’s one thing I’ve always wished I could do (but I’m all thumbs at sewing). Such wonderful post. <3 H
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byanika 22 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Honey I have been trying to teleport my livingroom to you for days, how is it working? Any bonkers patterns showing up chez toi yet? LOL. I sew by hand you know, and am always pricking my hands and swearing out loud, so I say, have another go if you want to :)

Thank you so much for your comment Heidi! Big hugs to you xx

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23 OfeliaNo Gravatar April 6, 2011 at 5:51 am

Anika, this is you best post ever!!! Is so personal, so candid, paired with gorgeous photos and your magnificent home….
I enjoy reading about your family background, decoration projects, looking at your lovely library area, old photos and the photos of your city.
Its also so amazing to me that you speak so many languages. I only speak Spanish, English and very broken down Italian.
Great, great post!!!!!
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byanika 24 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Ofelia, my dear Ofelia, thank you so very much. I am always blown away by your warmth, your loyalty, your love. I hope you know I feel the same for you! I would love to speak Spanish, maybe you can teach me! Thank you so much for your comment. Hugs xx

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25 Casee MarieNo Gravatar April 6, 2011 at 8:04 am

With hutspa! Anika, I want to hug you so much I could just cry. The ease with which your personality travels through the cables and the satellites and the stars to reach me here and envelope me in this cozy, fun-loving familiarity is astounding. You are a revelation and a dream. All at once. Always fabulous, always lovely, always a welcome joy in my little life.

I loved this look into your life, your totally chic space, your closet(!), your city. I felt like I just explored Oslo with you before settling in on the mattress-turned-sofa and having a good girly chat. Absolutely wonderful post, dear. Thank you! x
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byanika 26 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Damned right with hutspa my dear, with defiant hutspa! :D Casee, we have to make sure that we meet, I need us together, walking arm in arm, I`ll even sew us Austen-esque frocks that can blow in the wind. I feel so moved by your words, by your sincerety and your great friendship. I did feel that hug, and I loved it, and I want more! <3

We could do that you know, hang out, sort of ,by sharing pics of our day, of where we would go if we were hanging out :) . I hope all is well with you, and that my hugs from the mattress-turned-sofa find you :) Kiss kiss. xxx

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27 TerriNo Gravatar April 6, 2011 at 9:03 am

What a beautiful home you have. These pictures of Oslo make me want to visit.
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byanika 28 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm

That makes me so happy to hear! Welcome to Oslo, Terri. xx

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29 MyFavouriteThingsNo Gravatar April 6, 2011 at 9:04 am

For et utrolig interessant innlegg, Anika, og flotte bilder! Gøy å bli bedre kjent med deg på denne måten, det er det som er så utmerket med bloggcommunities! Du har virkelig hatt en spennende oppvekst og gjort deg erfaringer som, sammen med bakgrunnen din åpenbart har gjort deg til den flotte og mangefasetterte personen du er i dag! Alle burde ha en venn som deg! Ha en flott dag! xxx
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byanika 30 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Hei min venn, tusen takk! Jeg setter veldig pris på dine varme ord :) Helt enig med deg ang communities, det blir jo som vennskap på ordentlig, det hadde jeg ikke forventet da jeg begynte å blogge for litt over et år siden. Jeg har alltid følt meg annerledes, og det er nok pga oppveksten min, det å feks ha barndomsvenner har alltid vært eksotisk for meg, for det var ikke mulig for sånne nomader som meg. Det er jo mange sider av alt, og nå som jeg er voksen er jeg på mange måter glad for oppveksten min også. Selv om det er litt forvirrende med så mange språk på en gang ;D. Jeg håper det står bra til med deg og at du får en fin helg! Takk og lov det er fredag sier jeg bare :D Klemmer x

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31 berlin hair babyNo Gravatar
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April 6, 2011 at 9:14 am

your interior design & sewing skills are amazing. A wonderful, heartfelt post :) I want to make a video inspired by this topic. And now on my list of things to do: Gustav Vigeland’s statues!! thank you, Anika
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byanika 32 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Oh, honey, why don`t you come over here, and we`ll go see the statues toghether! I think that is a great idea :D . I would love to see that video :) thank you so much for your kind words. Sending you big hugs!!! xx

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33 fuyumeNo Gravatar April 6, 2011 at 10:36 am

I need you to come and decorate my place. Your home looks beautiful and inviting. i must visit oslo sometime soon. its not even very far :)
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byanika 34 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm

You know, it is not far at all, just a quick two hours on the plane, just saying ;D. Come on over! I`ve got your place on my redecoration-tour-list, love. Big hugs to you! xx

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35 SACRAMENTONo Gravatar April 6, 2011 at 1:02 pm

It is great to know all the details of your life. I knew you were especial and magic.
Much love my dear friend.
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byanika 36 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Thank you Sacramento, you know I feel the same about you. You are one of a kind, and a blessing in my life. Love you lots! Big hugs to you in the south of Spain! xxxxxxxxx

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37 Kirstin MarieNo Gravatar
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April 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I adore this. I can’t believe you speak five languages!! That’s so cool. I really love this!!

xo
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byanika 38 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Thank you sweetheart! Sending you big hugs all the way to the green Isle! xxx

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39 StatementadfNo Gravatar April 6, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Hi, today i am the virtual tourist because of this great blog event of Kristy Elena of ftf. Just visited San Diego, London and now Oslo. So far yours is the most extensive and it is just so great that you share that much with your readers. Love the pictures of you as a child and next to it how you are now. You can see that it is very personal and very much made from the heart. Keep on doing this great job!

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byanika 40 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Hi sweetheart, I have been enjoying travelling the world via these posts as well, absolutely lovely. Thank you so much for your kind words, I did make this post from the heart, and that is where I will keep your sweet comment. Also, I haven`t forgotten about input for your challenge, will get to you as soon as I can, love. Hugs!

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41 Wangari MNo Gravatar April 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm

This was a great post, it’s alway s a pleasure stopping by your blog to read what you have to say and look and your fabulous outfits. Thanks for sharing! jeg har begynt å like oslo mer og mer etter å ha lest bloggen din :)

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byanika 42 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Hei, tusen takk! Så hyggelig at du leser bloggen min! Har du en også? Trykket på navnet ditt og fant ikke noe. Fredagsklem til deg! xx

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43 KatyNo Gravatar
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April 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Anika – I feel like I know you so much better thanks to this post and all the great pictures you shared with us. This FTF event is really opening up my mind about so many of the bloggers. It’s great. And I love all the positivity messages you are sending throughout it as well. Lovely. – Katy

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byanika 44 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Hi Katy, thank you so much for stopping by! I really appreciate it and your lovely comment. I am exited to hear from you later on your project. Happy Friday to you my dear. xx

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45 CarolannNo Gravatar
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April 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm

What a beautifully well-written post, and such an interesting approach to the blog event. I love how everyone approached the event so differently and individually. And I love how in your post you are so open and honest and real – it is like a refreshing glass of water (or gin, I love me some gin). Yeah ftfcommunity!
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byanika 46 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Hi sweetheart, thank you so much. I loved our different approaches too, so interesting to get to know all the bloggers in our community better. Now, would that be shaken or stirred? Come on over here love, let`s get the fun started! Hugs xx

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47 AnnaNo Gravatar
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April 6, 2011 at 5:45 pm

wow! you have really a mixed up heritage…that’s not bad…
I like your home a lot…it is very warm I should say!
I love to dance too and in fact I haven’t danced for a long time and I’m craving it!!
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byanika 48 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Hi sweet Anna, thank you for your comment! Let`s go dancing together! Hugs xx

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49 kristyNo Gravatar
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April 6, 2011 at 6:30 pm

AMAZING post Anika!!!! you and i have so much in common. so many of the things you said had me going “yes!” and i can definitely relate to moving around a lot as a youngster. i love your attitude towards life so much…. you’re right about the importance of perspective and i love that this post is infused with your amazing, positive perspective on life and living.

gorgeous and fun pictures!! i loved every single thing about this post!

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byanika 50 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Kristy, darling friend. In my mind we are walking around N.Y together, exploring, talking about life and sharing great laughs, the two sweetheart nomades that we are. Thank you so much for your words, I am storing them in my heart, in the big bit that says “Kristy Elena” :) Thank you for starting this community and event, thank you for always encouraging dialouge, thank you for being you. I hope SunHut is pleased with our event and that we can continue. It was a pleasure doing this post, and as I was putting it toghether I was mentally adressing it to you. Happy Friday my dear! Love, Anika xx

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51 Simple Subtle StyleNo Gravatar April 6, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I love this post! I’ve never been to Oslo so I like seeing the city at night and park statues. Oh, and one day, you should videotape yourself speaking your “own mix of Bosnian, English and Norwegian” with your husband!

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byanika 52 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Hi honey, that is such a good idea! I will! Thank you for our lovely comment. Hugs xx

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53 sweetNo Gravatar April 6, 2011 at 7:36 pm

PERFECT photos and the flow of the story is really touching…you are really correct home is where your heart is :D great post babe

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byanika 54 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Thank you very much sweetheart, and thank you for coming up with the idea! Happy Friday dear xxxx

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55 KenyettaNo Gravatar April 6, 2011 at 8:22 pm

your so awesome anika! I love how you decorated your home and I cant wait to visit so that you can show me some of your dances moves lol

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byanika 56 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Kenyetta, girlfriend, you know I feel the same way about you! Please come over, I got some serious moves to break out (Walking the dog!)! Mwuuuaaaahhhhh! xx

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57 StephanieNo Gravatar April 6, 2011 at 10:34 pm

I must say that this is the best post I have ever read. I feel like I know you so much more, and we have sooo much in common! Not only do we both have an awesome mix of different ethnicities, we both have a passion for home decor, and we both have the ability to read several different books at one time lol. You are a beautiful inside and out, and I am glad to know you :D

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byanika 58 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Sweetheart, I am so glad you know you too! It is not that often I meet someone with a similar background, but I felt the same when I was chez toi :) . We should so hang out. Want to come on over? Hugs!

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April 6, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Anika, this post just made me love you a hundred times more! As a newish reader of your blog, I’m so glad you took part in this event and I got to learn more about you.

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byanika 60 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Sweet Marissa, THANK you! I am so glad you enjoyed the post! I am looking forward to knowing you better too, so glad to have met you! Hugs xx

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April 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm

What a feast for the eyes and the heart!! This is such a great post and what an interesting city you live in! I love all your pictures. You have done a great job here!
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byanika 62 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm

How sweetly you put it darling, “a feast for the eyes and the heart”, I love that. Thank you! Big hugs for you! xx

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63 AshleyNo Gravatar April 6, 2011 at 11:10 pm

This is great!! It makes me miss Europe =( There’s so many great cities that I haven’t visited there yet and now I long to do so even more! The picture of you dancing is great, I feel like I’m in the club with you haha!
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byanika 64 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm

OOOO you should come to Oslo and we`ll go clubbing together!!! How can you refuse such an offer lol. Big hugs to you dahling! xx

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65 KimberleeNo Gravatar
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April 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Wow this is so amazing! I love your decorating- hooray for books :) I also clean like a crazy woman when I’m mad, very therapeutic :) Keep up the great work!
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byanika 66 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Kimberlee, my dear, I am so glad I am not the only therapeutic-cleaner around lol. Big hugs from this book-lover xx

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67 KimberleeNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm

haha thank you :)
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68 Sarah McCammonNo Gravatar April 6, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Dang girl dang I just love your style. It’s so funny to see past pictures of myself and see what my style was like. CLearly you had way more sense than I did at that age:)
Wearing It On My Sleeves
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byanika 69 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Thank you hon! Believe you me, I have pics that make me cringe but that make my mum go aaaaaaaaaaaaw. It is one of the great misterys lol. Hugs! xx

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April 7, 2011 at 4:02 am

You know what? You are officially my hero.

Seriously. Reading this made me want to be your best friend!

I always knew that you were stylish and super sweet and down-to-earth, but this entry reiterated those things, and also taught me more about your heritage and cultural background! Up until this point, I did not know where you lived or where you were from. I’m incredibly jealous that you know 5 languages — it was hard for me to learn even ONE other than English. (It was high school, and it was French, if you must know!) My mom is 100% Polish and to this day I’m mad at her for never teaching me. Haha. I know a few words but I wish I could speak it fluently!!!

Anyway… I love your positive outlook on life and you are such an amazing blogger and person to be friends with! Someday I hope to meet you and give you a big ol’ hug!!!

xoxo
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byanika 71 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm

OOOOOOOh Stephanie, birthday girl (HURRA and happy birthday!!!) I so want you to be my bestie!!! Can we, pretty please? LOL (I ain`t afraid to beg ;D). I really want to give you that hug and bond over swearing in Polish/Bosnian <3 <3 <3 <3 <3.

Will email you soon! Mwuaaaahhhhh and happy birthday again to you, love! xxxx

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72 AleeNo Gravatar April 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Yay, I’m follower #401!

You have an amazing sense of style and I’m in love with your blog. Amazing.

See you over on Alee’s Perspective.

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byanika 73 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Hi sweet Alee, so glad you wanted to come visit me! I will be over at yours very soon. Thank you for your kind words xxxx

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74 Beautifully InvisibleNo Gravatar
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April 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Have I mentioned lately that I adore you, my friend?

I LOVED reading this and learning more about you. I already was fortunate in that I knew about some of your background because of our Balkan-connection, but I really enjoying reading about and seeing some of the other things that make you the wonderful person you are. You are an unbelievably talented woman, from the reworking of your dresses to that unbelievable eye for interior design, it just leaves me speechless.

I adore how ALIVE you are. It comes through in everything you post – you have a zest for life that is rare and one of the most positive and inspirational attitudes that I have ever encountered.

Love it, love you. Volim te!!!
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April 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Mah, gjde si ti! HAIDE! Cekam te!! Volim te!!!!! Adoram te! lol (Obocavam te). :D

Thank you so so so very much my friend, your comment had me all moved, reading it was like a shower of love, how did you know that is what I needed today? Hvala te, stvarno.

I am sorry for not coming round yours yet, will do so very soon my dear. I am thinking of you, svaki dan. I would love to skype with you sometime. I hope you and your fam are well. Lots of love, tvoja Ani xxxxx

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76 jessicaNo Gravatar April 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Anika. I am in love with your post. After reading it I decided, I want to go to Oslo, I will def be visiting your blog weekly and I would like you to come decorate my apartment. please and thanks :) x
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April 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm

You are welcome!!! LOL. I say yes to all of the above, I will come decorate your place (you can pay me in Ben &Jerrys) and you will come see me in Oslo. Please and thanks!!! <3 xxx

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78 JessicaNo Gravatar April 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm

phenominal post – you are FABULOUS Anika!!

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April 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Thank you so much! I just blushed a little lol. Hugs for you!

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80 ChristinaNo Gravatar April 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm

You have a very interesting background. I am so jealous that you can speak 5 languages. I wish I was more fluent in anything other than English. Your style is great too. I love that you sew your own clothes. I have often felt like resorting to that when I can’t find exactly what I want. What kind of sewing machine do you use? I would love to know. I am thinking about purchasing one.
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byanika 81 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Hi sweet Christina, thank you so much! I was always jealous of others who had what I considered a more normal background, I was always longing for a hometown :) As for sewing, I sew everything by hand, but any basic and good sewing machine will do I am sure. Elna is quite good I hear. Hugs to you xx

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82 Monique ZumanNo Gravatar April 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Hey Anika!! Hope you are having a GREAT day! I know reading your blog puts a smile on my dial!!
Monique xx

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byanika 83 byanikaNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Hi Monique! Thank you so much, and the same to you! Happy Friday darling xx

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84 JamillahNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Ah! I love this post! – I know I’ve been commenting all backwards, but I do speed catchup when discovering new blogs :)

I’ve been to Vigeland Park, by way of boat from Copenhagen :) - It IS a magical place!

I AM OBSESSED WITH DANCE! Gawsh if you were only here in NY I could show you some fun dance things. Me and a friend went to this crazy dance thing, NOT a party. It is just strictly dance, and you literally just move to music, NOT a class either. The energy that is in the room is incredible…you dance straight for 3 hours so after you are beat and the next day you are sore, but soooo invigorating being in that space: http://www.movingcenterschool.com/about-5rhythms

I LOVE your home! The collection of silver lamps is so pretty. I also color organize my books (thanks apt therapy). If you don’t already you must read libraryland’s tumblr. It’s soooo fun!

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85 JamillahNo Gravatar
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April 8, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Oh! One more thing- I love this:
I call my self a self worth activist because I am passionate about supporting your right and responsibility to feel good about YOU. I choose to be honest with you about my own life because I now know that I have nothing to be ashamed of, and to show any one looking that you can survive, grow, move on and enjoy life. With hutspa!

(smile)

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86 Cara-SNo Gravatar April 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm

:) ..wow that city looks very beautiful :)

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87 DaphnéNo Gravatar April 15, 2011 at 2:05 am

<3… you're so full of LOVE, il me suffit de te voir pour me sentir enveloppée de tout ce que tu dégages… tu es une Fée !

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88 nikkilaoNo Gravatar March 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I’m greatly inlove reading through this and being familiar with your article. However I really taking pleasure in reading through about to see a few of the other activities which make the wonderful person you’re. You’re an unbelievably gifted lady, in the reworking of the dresses to that particular unbelievable eye for interior planning, it simply leaves me without words.

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89 SandraNo Gravatar June 13, 2013 at 10:01 am

I love your clothes collection. I hope I could have mine too and since I love dresses. Need to start buying one per month.

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